Gender & Social Equity

It is a fact that a person is more likely to be economically poor if she is a woman and/or an indigenous person/member of minority ethnic group, practices a minority religion, comes from an isolated geographical area, was born into a low social status (caste, bonded labour, etc), is young or very old, or lives with impaired health. Being economically poor tends to be strongly correlated with being socially disadvantaged – that is, experiencing social discrimination and powerlessness. At HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, we not only strive to promote broadly beneficial development, but we also seek to work specifically with the most disadvantaged individuals and groups living in our partner countries. It is for this reason that gender equality and social equity is a cross-cutting theme in our organisation.

In promoting gender equality and social equity in our field programmes, we are also attentive to the example set by our partner organisations and by ourselves. We thus seek to partner with organisations that share our broad organisational values, and to build their capacities with regard to gender and social equity if appropriate. Internally, we strive towards a gender balanced, strongly socially aware workforce, and are committed to having a minimum 30% women or men in our Management Committee and Board of Directors.

Blog posts from Jane Carter

17. July 2017

Skilled and ready to fly

Not long ago, I was in Dhading and met an enthusiastic recipient of migrant remittances, Anita Bhujel (see the previous blog). Her daughter is currently working in Jordan in the garment industry. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to visit the centre at which the young woman was trained in machine sewing though the support of...
03. July 2017

The highs and lows of working abroad

written with Bhavna Adhikari “Coming here is like having someone pick the lice out of your hair: you get so much relief!” My colleague Bhavna and I were sitting in a small office in the town of Dhading (some two hours’ drive from Kathmandu), listening to individuals who, as family members of migrants, have received...
23. June 2017

“Thank you, thank you; HUGE thanks!”

Field visits bring one face to face with many personal stories, and are important reality checks. Sometimes they can become quite emotionally overwhelming – as was the case on a recent visit to the newly constructed Kumpur suspension bridge. My colleague Bhavna Adhikari and I found ourselves smothered in red vermilion and wreathed with multiple...